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zindel

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128 days ago

Hey everyone, so i acquired a craftsman 12” lathe recently but it seems to be missing the small point that goes on the tail stock. My question to you is will the new live centers that are sold online still work or do i need to look on ebay for a replacement part? from what i have found it seems like it takes a #1 but i want to be 100% sure before i purchase (even though $20 isn’t gonna kill me if it doesn’t work) Just seeing if anyone has used a new center point on an old craftsman tube lathe model number 113238180. Thanks!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.


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#1 posted 128 days ago

Are you looking for just the point-center or the whole morse taper center stock? If you need just the point that fits in the center stock, that’s still available from Sears. If you need the whole center stock (and it is a #1 morse taper), you’ll need to look at other replacements.

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#2 posted 128 days ago

zindel: Check PSI for a replacement.

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#3 posted 128 days ago

It is probably a #1MT but it’s easy to check, measurements are on the web and the size difference will be obvious with a ruler. Any #1 will fit. I bought this one for my Craftsman:

https://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=3515&category=

In retrospect I would probably buy this one instead because it would allow me to center something with a larger hole already drilled.

https://littlemachineshop.com/products/product_view.php?ProductID=1704&category=

And I highly recommend Little Machine Shop, the service is excellent, prices reasonable, and shipping is fast and inexpensive.

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#4 posted 128 days ago

Ah great guys thank you! At this time i need both the tail stock point which i might just get a replacement part for but it is good to know that if i want to get something new it still fits. Thanks again everyone!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#5 posted 128 days ago

You have a ‘dead’ cup center meaning it doesn’t spin with the workpiece and requires lubrication between metal and wood, even still you will likely get burning. A ‘live’ center has a ball bearing and will spin with the workpiece. Dead centers are technically more precise but it matters little with wood. After buying a live center I almost never use the cup center that came with my Craftsman.

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#6 posted 128 days ago

Rick, what live center did you end up getting?

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#7 posted 128 days ago

The first one I linked to above.

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#8 posted 128 days ago

Wow i feel dumb…total brain fart! Thanks! i will order that one as i would rather have a live center if im gonna order something. Thanks a bunch!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#9 posted 128 days ago

I got a deal on a similar craftsman lathe, mine came with a single point live center. I knew I needed a cupped one as well to keep from splitting some of the stuff I was planning on turning. I got one (with a very small bearing) from Grizzly, I think it was under $20 and has done well so far. Mine is a #1 morse taper.

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